colloquialism

[ kuh-loh-kwee-uh-liz-uh m ]
/ kəˈloʊ kwi əˌlɪz əm /

noun

a colloquial expression.
colloquial style or usage.

Origin of colloquialism

First recorded in 1800–10; colloquial + -ism
Related formscol·lo·qui·al·ist, noun
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colloquialism

/ (kəˈləʊkwɪəˌlɪzəm) /

noun

a word or phrase appropriate to conversation and other informal situations
the use of colloquial words and phrases
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Word Origin and History for colloquialism

colloquialism


n.

1810, "a colloquial word or phrase," from colloquial + -ism.

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